The 2014 Miami Valley Music Fest will be held this Friday and Saturday at the Troy Eagles Campground. The event, in its ninth year, is an annual music festival created to benefit local charities through financial contributions and exposure. All acts are asked to waive their appearance fees or perform at reduced rates to ensure that proceeds from ticket sales can help fund local charities rather than pay festival expenses.

“This year’s event is not only the biggest yet in terms of showcasing incredible talent, but also in
promoting local charity organizations. Any charity in the Miami Valley is encouraged to host a free
booth at the event to expose a young audience to the many services and volunteer opportunities
available in the area. We are not only raising money for local charities, we are raising
awareness,” says Nick Christian, Executive Director of the Miami Valley Music Festival Association.

Since its inception in 2006, the Miami Valley MusicFest has evolved into the Miami Valley Music Festival Association, a 501(c)(3) public charity based in Miami County, OH that has donated over $10,000 to local charity organizations. And while it has shifted its primary focus from showcasing local talent to supporting the community through the affiliated charities, it hasn’t lost its local music emphasis. The festival boasts more than 40 acts on four stages, with Ohio bands, including Buffalo Killers, Jah Soul and Gin-Soaked Angels, and headliner, a New Orleans native, Anders Osborne. Hazy and the Rugged Child kick things off at 5:00 on Friday night and a 1:00am performance by Repeating Arms concludes the festival in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The Troy Eagles Campground at 2252 Troy-Urbana Rd. features tent camping that is free to ticket holders, and camper sites are available for $20 without utilities. Weekend passes are $60 at the gate, and festivalgoers can buy one day passes for $30 on Friday and $40 on Saturday. For more information, visit www.miamivalleymusicfest.com.